My assignment for the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region was to work with nonprofit organizations which are coming to the end of significant grants from the foundation. We decided to focus not on “sustainability” which typically means replacing one donor’s money with that from another but, rather, on defining a Thriving Pathway that would prove compelling to foundations and other investors. Check out some examples of groups who have used this approach very effectively:
- CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) of Prince George’s County, MD. This is their full five-page pathway design. Note that their vision shifts from helping some youth to supporting all youth in their county who qualify for their services.
- Housing Up. These are their slides to define current reality—current work and accomplishment—prepared for a webinar to investor respondents. Note how much shorter a result based document is than an activity-based one!
- First Star, Greater Washington Academy. These are their slides on their destination—a simple format to define a new scale, and the results from that scale.